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List of optical topics

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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A

Abbe number -- Abbe prism -- aberration in optical systems -- absorption -- absorption spectrum -- active laser medium -- afterglow -- airglow -- Airy disk -- albedo -- Alexander's band -- alpenglow -- angle of incidence -- angle of reflection -- Arago spot -- asterism -- atomic, molecular, and optical physics -- auroral light -- aventurescence --

B

Beer-Lambert law -- binoculars -- birefringence -- black body radiation -- Brewster's angle -- brightness temperature -- Brillouin scattering

C

camera -- camera lens -- camera lucida -- camera obscura -- candela -- cathodoluminescence -- caustics -- chatoyancy -- chromatic aberration -- chromatic polarization -- chromaticity -- chromaticity diagram -- chrominance -- circular dichroism -- coherence length -- coherence (physics) -- coherence time - color -- colorimetry -- color science -- confocal -- confocal laser scanning microscopy -- concave lens -- convex lens -- Cooke Triplet -- corner reflector -- critical angle -- crystal optics --

D

dichroic -- dichroic filter -- dichroic prism -- diffraction -- diffraction grating -- diffractive optics -- dispersion (optics) -- double refraction -- double-slit experiment --

E

EDFA -- electro-optic effect -- electroluminescence -- electromagnetic radiation -- electromagnetic wave -- electronic displays (science of) -- elve -- emission spectrum -- etalon -- eye -- excimer laser --

F

f-number -- fabrication and testing (optical components) -- Faraday effect -- fata Morgana -- Fermat's principle -- fiber amplifier -- fiber optics -- filter (optics) -- fluorescence -- focal length -- focus -- Fourier optics -- Fraunhofer line -- Augustin-Jean Fresnel -- Fresnel equations -- Fresnel lens -- Fresnel reflection -- Fresnel zone --

G

Gaussian beam -- gegenschein -- geometrical optics -- glory (optical phenomenon) -- glossary of fiber optic terms -- gradient index lens -- gradient index optics -- guided-wave optics --

H

Haidinger's brush -- halo (optical phenomenon) -- Helium-neon laser -- history of lensmaking -- holography -- human visual system -- Huygens' principle --

I

illumination engineering -- image processing -- information theory -- integrated optics -- interference -- interferometry -- inverse-square law -- iridescence -- International Commission on Illumination--

J

Jones calculus --

K

Kerr cell -- Kerr effect -- Kerr-lens modelocking -- knife-edge effect --

L

laser -- laser construction -- laser applications -- lens (optics) -- light -- light bulb -- light-emitting diode -- light meter -- liquid-crystal display -- liquid scintillation counting -- list of indices of refraction -- luminance -- luminiferous aether -- luminosity -- luminous intensity -- lumen -- lux

M

magnifying glass -- material science - optical properties -- metamerism -- Michelson-Morley experiment -- micro-optics -- microphotonics -- microscope -- Mie scattering -- mirage -- mirror -- modelocking -- modern optics -- monochromator -- monocular --

N

NCS color system -- Newton's rings -- non-imaging optics -- nonlinear optics -- normal lens -- numerical aperture --

O

optical bench -- optical coating -- optical communication -- optical computer -- optical data storage (science of) -- optical depth -- optical distance -- optical engineering -- optical fiber -- optical illusion -- optical instruments -- optical lens design -- optical modeling and simulation methods -- optical path length -- optical pattern recognition -- optical phenomenon -- optical processor -- optical resonator -- optical tweezers -- optics -- optoelectronics

P

pattern recognition -- pentaprism -- penumbra -- phase (waves) -- phosphorescence -- photodiode -- photoelectric effect -- photographic lens -- photography (science of) -- photometry -- photomultiplier -- photon -- photonic crystal -- photonics -- photoresistor -- physical optics -- pleochroism -- Pockels effect -- polarization -- Polaroid -- population inversion -- Porro prism -- prism (optics) --

Q

Q-switching -- quantum optics --

R

radiometry -- rainbow -- Raman amplification -- Raman amplifier -- Rayleigh criterion -- Rayleigh scattering -- ray tracing -- ray transfer matrix analysis -- reflecting telescope -- reflection (optics) -- refracting telescope -- refraction -- reflection coefficient -- refractive index -- retroreflector -- RGB color model

S

scattering -- scintillator -- scintillation -- Sellmeier equation -- shadow -- Willebrord Snell -- Snell's law -- speckle pattern -- speckle interferometry -- spectroscopy -- speed of light -- spontaneous emission -- sprite (optical phenomenon) -- statistical optics -- stereoscopy -- stimulated emission -- Stokes parameters -- sun dog -- sylvanshine -- synchrotron radiation --

T

telescope -- thermal physics - radiative heat transfer -- thin-film optics -- total internal reflection -- transparency (optics) -- transverse mode --

U

ultraviolet catastrophe -- umbra -- Umov effect --

W

wavelength -- wavelength division multiplexing -- wave plate -- wide-angle lens --

Z

Zeeman effect -- Zeiss Tessar -- zodiacal light -- zone plate -- zoom lens --